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Buzzer Beater – Palmer Clanks One For The Win

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His beloved Cowboys might have gotten crushed Sunday but Ryan Palmer did give his fellow Texans at least some reason to smile later in the day.  The 33 year-old Amarillo native won the Sony Open in Hawaii today, capping it off with a less than attractive eagle chip that almost left a dent in the flagstick.  The ensuing birdie got him to 15 under par and left his closest rival, Robert Allenby, in need of his own birdie to force a playoff.

Palmer took more than a few extra practice strokes before executing the chip shot.  With the grain running hard against him he knew the possibility of a fat shot or a skulled one loomed large. He was right but fortunately his line was dead on and the ball struck the flag solidly, leaving it just inches from the hole.  "A lucky bounce," exclaimed the champ just after leaving the 18th green.  "It was probably going to go by 7 or 8 feet."

Allenby, left to make a tying putt, failed in the execution of the tying putt and watched another PGA Tour title slip away.  It was his 7th runner-up finish on the PGA Tour where he last hoisted a trophy in 2001.

It was the third career win for Palmer who also took top spot at the 2004 FUNAI Classic at Disney and the 2008 Ginn sur Mer Classic.

Asked to compare today's win with those Palmer pointed to his mental state as the key to his 2010 success.

"It's hard to compare. Obviously, the two wins that I had, one when I came back and shot a 62. And of course again, I was one back going in the final round next to the last group. That was the battle when you got 7 guys tied for the lead with five holes to go.  Neither one of them could compare with what I went through today, just emotionally, just how I kept myself in check, and calm, and relaxed. I'm amazed at how calm I was.

I came out today the same motto, the same idea that I had all week, just kept loose.

And playing Robert, we had a good time again, we talked a lot today, which kept me loose too. It was a great battle. Robert deserved just as much as I did to win, but fortunately I am the one that came out on top."

With the win Palmer earned 500 FedEx Cup Points and is now the co-leader in that race with SBS Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy.  He is also now exempt through the 2010 PGA Tour season and earns an automatic invite to The Masters.

Next week he will try to win two in a row as the Tour heads to the California desert for the Bob Hope Classic.  He tees off on the 10th hole Wednesday at the SilverRock Resort Course.

Pat Perez is the defending champion.

Notes:

Ryan Palmer has used the same Odyssey Rossie II putter for several years including for his 2008 win.  It is fitted with a UST Mamiya Frequency Filtered shaft.

You can learn more about Ryan at his Facebook page.  Prior to the win today he had just 750 fans on that page.  He will likely gain a few more in the days ahead.

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This report to GolfWRX.com provided by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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